• golden state psychedelia  (CD, £12.95)

    label: big beat

    Aside from rare singles by the Tow-Away Zone and Seventh Dawn, 'Golden State Psychedelia' is comprised wholly of material that went unreleased, though not for reasons of musical quality. As studio boss and producer Leo Kulka said, the sheer volume of acts in the San Francisco of the era meant pitching material to labels became increasingly difficult. Nevertheless, Kulka gave bands a professional home in which to record, and the contents of 'Golden State Psychedelia', all recorded between 1966 and 1970, reflect the freaky, experimental flavour of the times. Highlights include the commercial pop-psych stylings of the Bristol Boxkite, Carnival and Ticket Agents, the punkadelic Goody Box and Immediate Family, and some truly outrageous studio experiments by Magician and the Gants. The package comes with the usual copious notes one expects of the Nuggets series, and will delight any aficionado of late 60s arcane West Coast psychedelia. TRACKS: 01. Blow Up - The Goody Box 02. Meditorium - The Carnival 03. Shab'd - The Towaway Zone 04. Sunless Night - The Bristol Boxkite 05. Rubiyat - The Immediate Family 06. Black Diamonds - The Ticket Agents 07. Highway Highway - The Short Yellow 08. Speed - Celestial Hysteria 09. Fuck For Peace - Bob Golden & Magician 10. Infinitation - The Carnival 11. Mad Rush World - The Bristol Boxkite 12. Don't Worry Me - The Seventh Dawn 13. My Kind Of People - Just Slightly Richer 14. Daady's Zoo Song - The Towaway Zone 15. Handful - The Short Yellow 16. Ah Gee - The Goody Box 17. Wet Chant - The Immediate Family 18. Chasing Rainbows - The Bristol Boxkite 19. New Song - Celestial Hysteria 20. Years Have Passed Away - The Carnival 21. Who Are We - The Bristol Boxkite 22. Start Seeing - The Short Yellow 23. Love Is The Greatest Thing - The Royal Family 24. Sunday At The Lotus Parlor - The Gants

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